TRUFFLES

2020/21  Truffle tree production is well underway and competent Captain Coal’s is well trained and ready for the upcoming 2021 hunting season which happens from May to August. We trust that he’ll sniff out the truffles before any pigs can get to them.

2017 Saw approximately 100+ kilograms of black diamond truffles harvested, which is a great feat, considering that only four years previously Mushrush (Neil van Rij) identified and confirmed the find of the first black truffle ever found, in Dullstroom, South Africa.

Donna Hornby, South African truffle pioneer, recognized a passion for truffles and mycology in Neil van Rij  and confidently handed over her baton to him as an obvious choice of successor. For over a decade Neil van Rij has been intrinsically involved in laying the foundations of the South African truffle farming industry.

Neil van Rij is the first fungal expert in SA to be involved in certifying truffle trees and identifying the first truffle found in South Africa.

Since 2011, Mushrush has been producing trees, managing plantations, facilitating soil analyses, soil reports and site and aspect recommendations.

A key aspect of successful truffle production is good quality trees. We use DNA tested inoculum to ensure that the farmer is getting trees inoculated with the black truffle or Tuber melanosporum. Our trees are certified annually as mycorrhized with Tuber melanosporum by an independent mycologist.

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Suitable areas for farming or growing black truffles in South Africa include: Western Cape, KZN Natal Midlands – Underberg, Nottingham Road, Dullstroom/ Machadadorp and Clarens area.

Generally climatic requirements for truffle cultivation in South Africa would be; cold in June and July, with rainfall above 600 mm and well drained soils.

2020/21  truffle tree production is well underway and competent Captain Coal’s is well trained and ready for the upcoming 2021 hunting season (May-August) we trust that he’ll sniff out the truffles before any pigs can get to them.

We encourage investors and entrepreneurs interested in growing black truffles in South Africa  to contact Neil van Rij, 082 2944 787

 

Underground, truffles grow on the roots of trees which have either been inoculated with truffle spores or they are naturally occurring . Truffles are fungal partners with tree roots. They are mushrooms that only grow under the ground and they are not easy to find. They have a pungent aroma that dogs can be trained to sniff out and pigs seek them out as food.  Truffles don’t just grow anywhere or on any tree. They are a unique delicacy and hard to compare to other flavours making them sought after. We can understand why Tuber melanosporum are called Black Diamonds.

 

Tuber melanosporum (Perigord – Black truffle) grown in South Africa is a high value crop and takes from 5-8 years before truffles can be harvested.  Fresh Black truffles are the most highly sought after food in the world. Truffles are rare and edible, underground mushrooms. Retailing to local restaurants at R12500/kg – R22000/kg and with yields multiplying exponentially each year its easy to see why the oak tree inoculated with black truffle is a rapidly growing industry in South Africa.
truffle FAQ

There are many types of truffles and they vary in size, shape, texture and flavour.

Please send me your Truffle Info Pack.

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